Holder to Americans: No 'Retaliation' for Boston
Attorney general cautions against backlash against innocents
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 29, 2013 11:34 AM CDT
Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

(Newser) – The US will bring the Boston terrorists to justice, said Eric Holder in a speech today—while cautioning Americans against retaliation. "Just as we will pursue relentlessly anyone who would target our people or attempt to terrorize our cities, the Justice Department is firmly committed to protecting innocent people against misguided acts of retaliation," the attorney general said to the Anti-Defamation League, per Politico, ostensibly warning against acts directed at Chechens or Muslims, who share an ethnic or religious background with the Tsarnaevs.

Holder cited "more than 800 incidents involving threats, assaults, and acts of vandalism and violence targeting Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, South Asians, and others who are perceived to be members of these groups" since 9/11, and urged Americans to "resolve once more to help our fellow citizens to meet fear with reason ... We must not tolerate acts of hatred. And we must reaffirm every day ... that justice and public safety are not in tension. They rely upon one another."

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Apr 30, 2013 7:50 AM CDT
This "American" to Holder, "you suck ya jackass."
Apr 30, 2013 6:45 AM CDT
Only 800 in the past almost twelve years? Less than 70 a year? Holder, why did you even need to mention it? Number not high enough for you to justify your budget?
Apr 30, 2013 6:29 AM CDT
Just let them do it again. Obama has no plan to stop it.